The arming sword was the standard issue weapon of medieval knights. It was also the weapon of choice for Joan of Arc. I am including this type of sword in my new fantasy series in order to be faithful to medieval aesthetic. Throughout this new book series, this sword is going to be seeing a lot of action.
For my space opera series, I am thinking of giving my main character a machete made from a very special metal. The machete will be similar in design to the picture above with the exception of a number of differences. I recently discovered that there is a special martial art in Haiti that involves using a machete in combat. This martial art is similar to fencing in the sense that it is a one-handed style that relies on elaborate footwork. I am thinking of having my main character fight in a similar fashion, but his style will be a balance between strength and speed as well as offense and defense.
A few years ago, I discovered the significance of swords with curved hilts like this katana. When a sword’s hilt is curved, you not only have better blade control and precision, but you also have a little extra power with each strike. The curvature of the hilt also makes your techniques and movements unpredictable compared to swords with a straight hilt. I will be featuring a sword with a curved hilt in my space opera story.
I had an interesting skill to give one of my characters in my space opera story. I am thinking of giving them the ability to dual wield two weapons at the same time. I am thinking of modeling their fighting style after the Japanese Daisho sword pair. Normally, when these blades are used, the larger blade is used for offense and the smaller blade is used for defense. However, this character will not be using a katana and wakizashi, which are the usual blades for a Daisho sword pair. Instead, they will be wielding one large blade and a small blade at the same time. I won’t say which blades they will be using, but it will be impressive.
If I am going to write a space opera story, I better include some specially made blades. For my story, I will be drawing inspiration from Damascus steel and meteorite steel. These blades will be made from a very special meteorite ore and they will be forged by welding multiple layers together to increase strength and sharpness.
I like to think of the Stark’s ancestral sword, Ice, to be the Game of Thrones version of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings. Narsil was broken when cutting the One Ring from Sauron’s hand before being reforged into Anduril the Flame of the West. With Ice, it was destroyed and reforged into the twin swords Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail in an attempt to make the Lannister’s short lived victory over the Starks complete and absolute. Now, both halves of Ice are going to be in Winterfell next season and it was rumored that they will be remade back into one sword at the end of the series. Due to the fact that only a handful of people know how to reforge Valyrian steel, some people may be skeptical about this rumor. However, Gendry’s blacksmithing mentor was the one who remade Ice and knew how to reforge Valyrian steel. It is possible that he may have taught Gendry some of his tricks in working Valyrian steel. If this is the case, then Gendry might reforge Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail back into Ice just as the shards of Narsil were reforged into Anduril. George R. R. Martin did say that he was a fan of The Lord of the Rings so he may go this route by having Ice become the Game of Thrones version of Anduril.
Even though most of the kingdoms in my fantasy world are based on medieval Europe, there is one kingdom that is based on feudal Japan. As a result, they have similar armor and weapons as samurai. Among these weapons are the katana long sword and the wakizashi short sword. When these two blades are used at the same time, they become what is known as the Daisho Sword Pair. The long katana is used for offense while the short wakizashi is used for defense. When these two swords are used simultaneously, they become a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In my spin-off fantasy trilogy, one of the main characters will come from this Japan-like kingdom and will carry a Daisho Sword Pair wherever they go. In the heat of battle, this character will become a demon with a blade.
I discovered a rather frightening weapon from the medieval period. It is a two-handed variation of the falchion sword with teeth at the tip that is designed to bite into an enemy’s armor while chopping. I first discovered this weapon while watching the film Ironclad and I initially thought it was a made up weapon for the sake of creativity. Now, I find out that this was a real weapon and a terrifying one. This blade is shaped like a sword yet has the weight of an axe with each blow. If this blade’s wielder is big and strong enough that it can be a completely scary weapon on the battlefield. I am thinking of including this variant of the falchion in my spin-off fantasy trilogy and it will even have a funny ironic nickname.
Smallswords have been used as both civilians for street combat and for soldiers for ceremonial purposes. The smallsword is a variant of the rapier. It has three edges instead of two and is designed for thrusting instead of slashing or chopping. Currently, the most famous smallsword is Arya Stark’s sword Needle. I have also seen people forge and test smallswords on Forged in Fire. In that episode, it was demonstrated that if the smallsword was not quenched properly it would warp to the point of becoming a hooked blade. Also, forging the three edges has to be exact to prevent such extreme warpage. I am thinking of including a smallsword in my fantasy series and it will be the weapon of choice for a noblewoman with her own feudal army.
At my local museum, they showed this video in one of their displays in the Medieval Exhibit. This video depicted a very interesting style of sword fighting called “half-swording”. This style of fighting requires the wielder to hold the sword by the blade instead of the hilt, which sounds dangerous. However, some wordsmiths forged swords that had blades that were partially dulled, which would allow the duelist to grip the sword by the blade. Also, these swords would have heavier pommels that would be used as bludgeoning weapons against a knight’s helmet. The crossguard would be sharpened with spikes that would puncture a knight’s skull. After being struck with either the pommel or crossguard, the knight would be dazed and off balance, which would allow the duelist to exploit the weak points in his opponent’s armor. This was a form of fighting that was almost totally alien to me, but it was fun to learn about it and watch it in action. I might include it in my fantasy series for the sake of authenticity.